Programmes

Postgraduate

(NEW) MA Arts and Ecology

Establish your artistic voice on ecological issues of our time.

This studio-based programme is located in one of the greenest cities in the world, Singapore. This is a unique and pioneering transdisciplinary programme in Asia for creative practitioners, ecologists and researchers, and for those who seek to explore critical environmental discourses, address questions around ecological crisis and build sustainable environments through art and creative practices.

It grounds itself in rigorous artistic research with a profound understanding of ecological concerns that you have. You will study real-world concerns and conditions through collaborative and field-based research and creative practice. The programme aims to develop your critical unpacking of ecological discourse through a range of modules such as Critical Discourse in Arts and Ecology, Eco Studio and Social Studio through lectures, workshops, scientific and intellectual inquiry, and community engagement.

You will be encouraged to engage with the diverse cross-fertilisation of contemporary creative and expressive practices, and be supported in establishing partnerships with stakeholders and engagement with community, business and enterprise as relevant to your practice.

Graduates are independent thinkers, creative practitioners and solution-oriented individuals who want to make a difference to the earth.

Why apply

Forward-looking learning environment: Be a pioneering eco-arts professional at Singapore’s first and only arts university that supports Singapore’s Green Plan 2030 and aims to foster responsible creative global citizens.

Practice-led laboratory approach: The programme is designed to foster laboratory, student-centred learning that encourages collaborative, community-driven, field-based research and art-making.

Professional and industry networks: Take advantage of the programme’s established and emerging partnerships with arts institutions and environmental organisations such as Singapore Art Museum, National Gallery Singapore, Nature Society (Singapore), Earth Observatory of Singapore, Singapore Zoo, Singapore Botanic Gardens, S.E.A. Aquarium.

PROGRAMME DETAILS

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Duration

1 year (3 semesters)/
2 years (6 semesters)

Mode

Full-time/part-time

Programme structure
Full-time
  • Critical Discourse in Arts and Ecology (30 credits)
  • Social Studio (30 credits)
  • Eco Studio (30 credits)
  • The Agora (30 credits)
  • Final Research (60 credits)

Note: The workload will be approximately half for MA programmes offered with the part-time mode.

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Modes of assessment
  • Written Assignment
  • Seminar Presentation
  • Thesis or Project Work 
  • Student Designed Assessment
Curriculum framework

The LASALLE MA framework is one that aims to provide graduates with a competitive edge that will meet the demands of the dynamic cultural and creative sector.

The MA framework has the following common structure:

Core modules
You will study three core modules* according to your chosen programme of study. These modules aim to equip you with discipline-specific skills relevant to your area of research inquiry.
*For the MA Art Therapy and MA Music Therapy programmes, there will be additional modules for clinical placements.

Common module – the Agora
The common module, the Agora, has been designed to prepare you for the intensely collaborative experience of a creative career. You will be guided to reflect on the ‘place’ of your particular discipline in society, the economy and the environment. You will consider and experiment with combining your discipline with others (multidisciplinary), blending your skills and knowledge with those of other disciplines (interdisciplinary) or even discovering new ways of working together (transdisciplinary).

The Final Research module
Research methods will be embedded into the Final Research (thesis) module. Within this module, formal and dedicated ‘research weeks’ will occur in the first and second semesters. The research weeks will be distinctive points within your programme to allow you to concentrate fully on your research. The spread of its delivery is intended to provide you time to reflect, synthesise and consolidate your learning, and develop your research questions. You will also be provided six hours of supervision of your research.

Besides the immersion in the postgraduate research culture built through shared learning modules, the MA framework provides a transformative educational experience designed to shape you into a future-ready professional, equipped with the skills and expertise demanded by the industry.

Grading system and classification of awards

LASALLE uses a 5–point Grade Point Average (GPA) system, which will be applicable to all students admitted with effect from AY2024/25, to track students’ academic progress throughout their studies. Students receive letter grades for each module taken. Each grade corresponds to a grade point as shown below:

Letter grade Grade point
A+. 5.0
A   5.0
A-  4.5
B+  4.0
B   3.5
B-  3.0
C+  2.5
C   2.0
D+  1.5
D   1.0
F   0.0

The Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) represents the grade point average of all modules attempted by the student. A minimum CGPA of 2.50 is required for graduation.

The computation of CGPA is as follows:

CGPA =
Sum (module grade point x module credits assigned to module) Sum (module credits assigned to all modules used in calculating the numerator)

All modules, including repeat attempts, are included in the computation of the CGPA with the exception of modules that are exempted or where students were absent with valid reasons.

The classification of award and corresponding CGPA requirement are as follows:

CGPA range Classification of award
4.50 – 5.00 MA (Distinction)
2.50 – 4.49 MA
Sustainability and care

LASALLE recognises the important role of artists and designers in creating a sustainable and caring world. The curriculum provides opportunities for students to identify and explore issues around sustainability (from ecology and global climate change to the sustainability of their own creative practices and wider cultural communities) and care (for the well-being and advancement of oneself and others).

The College actively encourages students to engage with and investigate these crucial contemporary issues as part of their studies, including through their projects, and critical and creative outputs. Through interdisciplinary learning and strong engagement with these topics, the aim is to empower students to lead the way towards sustainable practices and caring communities within the cultural and creative industries.

Materials

Basic materials for learning are provided by the College.

As a developing artist, you are required to have certain items that are personal to you and cannot be shared. Such items include books, dance shoes, rehearsal clothes, safety boots, portable musical instruments, paints, canvas, basic tools, design software, cameras, etc., that will support you through your three-year learning journey. The College does not encourage the purchase of extravagant or costly materials or equipment. Our lecturers can provide you with affordable suggestions.

You are also encouraged to have your own laptop for education. If you do not own one, computer labs are available on campus with requisite software for you to undertake your work.

There may be opportunities for you to undertake extra-curricular study trips to enhance your overall learning. Trips are not compulsory and may incur additional costs.

Career paths

Artist, curator, programmer, policymaker, designer, writer, journalist, environmentalist, activist, social worker or institutional and independent innovator in the expanded field of arts and ecology.

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Academics

Tap into the illustrious minds of our faculty members who are movers and shakers in their own disciplines. They will impart, challenge and encourage, as they share their invaluable expertise and experiences with you.

Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts, Media & Creative Industries
Head, McNally School of Fine Arts
Programme Leader, BA (Hons) Fine Arts
Programme Leader, MA Fine Arts
Programme Leader, MA Asian Art Histories
Senior Lecturer, Fine Arts
Senior Lecturer, Fine Arts
Lecturer-in-charge, Diploma in Fine Arts
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Admission Information

Important Dates

Start of semester: Aug 2024

For local applicants only:
Apply by 10 June 2024

Note:
Applications are closed for the following programmes:
– MA Art Therapy
– MA Music Therapy
– MA Design
Applications for international applicants have closed.
Applications will close once the programme seats have been filled up.

Entry requirements

ADMISSIONS TEST/PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS/AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Academic requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a recognised local or international institution.
  • A minimum of IELTS Academic 7.0 / TOEFL iBT 100 / PTE Academic 65 for applicants from countries where English is not the first language or whose qualifications are obtained from institutions where English is not the medium of instruction.

Statement of Purpose

  • In 500–1,000 words, you are required to highlight your reasons for applying to this programme and how they relate to your future plans. You should also include a brief description of the research interest(s) that you are keen to explore. You are required to submit your Statement of Purpose online.

Reference letter

  • Provide a reference letter to support your application. You are required to upload your reference letter online during your application.

Portfolio

  • Your portfolio should contain artworks and/or related environmental activities documented in digital format. The artworks submission, such as drawings, installations, paintings and sculptures should be in high resolution with selected images with close up viewing of details. Interdisciplinary time-based works or performance and awareness e-based works should be presented in video or digital format. You may also include photo-documentation of your works seen within an exhibition or public/private location. The submission of creative activities such as writing, research should be clearly labelled and presented in digital format. You are required to upload your portfolio online.

Interview

  • Shortlisted applicants will attend an interview. During the interview, you are required to participate in a dialogue regarding the purpose of your application. Please be prepared to talk about your background, what inspires you and your influences. We would like to find out what motivates you to learn, explore and experiment in your areas of interest. You should also share how you think the programme will benefit you in your future career choices or develop your research interests.

International applicants

  • If you are unable to attend the interview at LASALLE, an online interview will be arranged.
Fees
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Tuition fees

POSTGRADUATE TUITION FEES FOR AUGUST 2024 INTAKE

Programme Duration Fees per semester Total (S$)
Singaporeans/Singapore PR/International Singaporeans/Singapore PR/International
MA Art Therapy 2 years $10,764 $43,056
MA Music Therapy 2 years $10,764 $43,056

 

Programme Duration Fees per semester Total (S$)
Singaporeans/Singapore PR/International Singaporeans/Singapore PR/International
MA Arts and Cultural Leadership 1 year $10,500 $31,500
MA Arts and Ecology 1 year $10,500 $31,500
MA Arts Pedagogy and Practice 1 year $10,500 $31,500
MA Asian Art Histories 1 year $10,500 $31,500
MA Creative Writing 1 year $10,500 $31,500
MA Design 1 year $10,500 $31,500
MA Fine Arts 1 year $10,500 $31,500
All MA programmes
(part-time mode)*
2 years $5,250 $31,500

Fees include 9% GST in 2024. Fees are subject to change as at August 2023.
* With the exception of MA Art Therapy and MA Music Therapy, which are available only in full-time mode.

 

Application fees

A non-refundable application fee (inclusive of GST*) is chargeable per application. Application is only complete upon receipt of your application fee and all necessary documents. Please ensure your application fee is paid and documents are uploaded after you have received an email that your applicant profile has been created. LASALLE reserves the right to withdraw the applicant if the application fee remains unpaid and documents are not received by the due date.

* GST is at 8% from 2023 and 9% from 2024.

Singaporean / Singapore Permanent Resident applicants S$60
International applicants S$120
 

ACCEPTED MODES OF PAYMENT

All payment to LASALLE must be made in Singapore Dollar. In line with the Singapore government's move towards a cashless society, online payments are strongly encouraged. Below are the payment modes acceptable by LASALLE.

Payment method Payment mode
A. Online payment
  • Flywire
  • iBanking
  • PayNow/DBS Paylah!
B. SAM (kiosk, web or mobile)/Singapore Post
  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • AMEX
  • NETS
 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

Basic materials for learning are provided by the College.

Students as developing artists are required to have certain items that are particular to them and cannot be shared. Such items include books, dance shoes, rehearsal clothes, safety boots, portable musical instruments, paints, canvas, basic tools, design software, cameras, etc., that will support students through their three-year learning journey. The College does not encourage the purchase of extravagant or costly materials or equipment. Lecturers will provide students with affordable suggestions.

Students are encouraged to have their own laptops for their education. For those who are unable to, computer labs are available on campus with requisite software for them to undertake their work.

There may be opportunities for students to undertake extra-curricular study trips to enhance their overall learning. Trips are not compulsory and may incur additional costs to students.

 

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Medical Insurance Scheme

All full-time students of LASALLE are required to be covered under the Medical Insurance Scheme (MIS). The annual coverage of S$20,000 includes school-related activities throughout the programme duration.

The current premium rate is $29.70 (inclusive of 8% GST) payable each semester. This premium rate is subject to change based on the prevailing premiums charged by the insurer and prevailing GST rate.

Scholarships & financial support

SCHOLARSHIPS

In recognition of outstanding academic excellence, leadership potential, and a passion for creativity and innovation, LASALLE offers a variety of scholarships to new and current students.

Application dates for scholarships will be reflected in the various scholarship pages. Other externally sponsored scholarships are also available to students. Enquiries and applications may be directed to the respective organisations.

Please note that miscellaneous fees are not covered by scholarships, bursaries or the Mendaki Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy (TTFS).

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FINANCIAL SUPPORT

We are committed to providing a quality education for all our students, and believe that no deserving student should be denied admission because of financial difficulty.

A range of financial assistance schemes, grants and loans are made available to help meet a portion of the educational expenses of students.

Please note that miscellaneous fees are not covered by scholarships, bursaries or the Mendaki Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy (TTFS).

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Postgraduate prospectus AY2023/24
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